The Purge Project – Makeup drawer cleaning

Hello Everybody!

Long time, sigh!(I want to apologies to dear blog, however there were no valid reasons to stay away from posting. I will have to make up something, so I will just say, I have been extremely lazy. Oh yes, there is one thing, work is not good, which makes me sad and all I want to do is sleep away this time…)

Before I go into full fledged sad story of my work life issues, here is something which might interest you(Though I wonder how showing the products before throwing them away make any sense, but here we are!). So read on if you want to know what all I found while cleaning my makeup shelf one day. These are not monthly empties or such but the products which are lying in for years(nothing older than two years though) and should have been shown bin long time ago.

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I put them in ugly plastic bag to make sure this time they really go out.

1. Mascaras – Not exactly so old, but I realized that I do not throw old mascaras even after buying new, as per beauty rules they must be purged after three months. I admit that I use them for more than beauty rules guide, 6-7 months sometimes a year, but never more than that.

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Maybelline Colossal mascaras are my all time favorite, most of the time I have two of them, one waterproof and one washable. I prefer washable mascara cause removing them is little easier, but as per need I store one waterproof also.

Revlon Water Tight mascara is one of the worst mascaras I’ve ever come across; smells horrible, doesn’t voluminous, doesn’t lengthens, it just black liquid with awful smell. I used it once and never after that, stay away girls!

Essence I love extreme volume mascara is the best! I actually have a full post review of it in drafts which I wrote sometimes in last year but never posted it, and don’t seem to remember the reason. Would you like to still see the post? Let me know in comments. 😉

2. Lip-balm

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The first one is very old cute lip balm which I got from dm shop in Germany cause it looked so cute, and that is the reason I had not thrown it. Which I never used at all, opened it once only to sniff and discover that I cannot use something with this smell. Fragrance is not bad, it is sweet cherry smell but for some reasons I’m not able to digest it.

Nivea Fruity Shine pomegranate is the most favorite tinted lip-balm of all times, but this one is the old packaging which now has been replaced with boring packaging, that’s the reason I kept it long after it was over. Just to hold onto that cute tube.

Maybelline Baby lips in Peach Kiss was hidden somewhere in corner and hence escaped the purgatory. This one smells awful, doesn’t do much for chapped lips, I used it only a few times.

So, I think for lip-balms one major turn off for me is the smell, if it can’t smell decent or be scent less we will never get along. What is the one thing that annoys you even if the product itself is able to perform?

3. Lip-gloss

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The Ruby one was a gift from a friend which came in a makeup kit, it just doesn’t work, wear time is very less and it is too sheer. So this one goes to purgatory.

NYX mega shine lip-gloss in French Kiss had been the biggest disappointment, and after this I resolved not to buy makeup online without trying the color in real first. The lip-gloss in itself is gorgeous but the color doesn’t work for me, it washed me out completely, in tube it looks much darker but on lips turns very pale peachy pink. Sad story!

4. The expired products

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L’oreal Paris infallible lasting perfecting foundation was my wedding foundation which is very good for heavy coverage, it is waterproof and works best for parties and night look(though it photographs ghostly in flash). This is the one product which crossed it’s best before date before me finishing it.

Lakme enrich satin lipstick in 133 is not expired yet but it has grown into something strange which is ugly, see for yourself…

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That’s all the trash I could clean out for now. How often do you clean your makeup stash? Do you also keep products even when you can’t use them just cause of cute packaging?

Zaina

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I just had a preview of post before publishing and realized it is such a long post.

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Vaseline lip therapy: Rosy lips and Cocoa butter

Hello everybody!

I wanted to share with you guys the cute little Vaseline Lip Therapy tins, aren’t they cute? A ‘Rosy Lips’ and ‘Cocoa Butter’ petroleum jelly!

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Every time I would go to grocery shopping and eyed them(like 90s Indian villains, lol), one day finally I picked two little tin tubs.

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A different pose…

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Do they work? They are not lip-balms, so I wasn’t expecting any protection or softness to lips. Rosy Lips has very little pink tint, which doesn’t show on my lips, it smells like roses but artificial. But hey, the tin is pink! 😛

Cocoa Butter does make lips a little moisturized as compared to Rosy lips, but again not much heavy on protection from chapped lips. This smells like real cocoa, amazing!(Same smell as that of ‘Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Glow Lotion‘).

It was really hot in Bangalore last week(38 °C,sigh!) which made them little runny, guess they are not meant for hotter climate, I had to store them in fridge. Is that the reason they are not sold in India? In here we have Vaseline lip-therapy in twist up lip-stick like packaging, which I haven’t tried so cannot compare, sorry.

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When it comes to saving lips from dryness, cocoa butter is best amongst two. Oh, it says same on side on tin; ‘Soothes dry skin and lips‘, hmm means good for dry lips. While Rosy lips just says, tint and cares, not much huh?

vaseline-lip-therapy-7I think I bought them for £1 each (~93 INR), but they are sold at different rates depending upon which store you buy them from.

Have you tried any products from Vaseline lip therapy line?

Zaina

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What’s better than Gold? Rose-Gold!

Hello everybody,

Do you like gold? No? Good, neither do I. Which is odd as Indians are famous for their gold obsession(anyone would easily justify it as investment or savings for rainy days, for all of them I say, very poor financial planning). Did you know India is the largest importer of Gold in World? (trying to throw a few fun facts here and there, bad idea, you say?).

As much as I hate to admit, even I hoard quite amount of gold jewelry(currently sitting in locker, cause I only wore it once, at my wedding). Gold may not be such a good thing, but gold plated/colored goods are dear to me; cups and saucers with golden lines, golden buttons and more than that anything which comes in rose-gold finish!

A little history before I get into details of rose-gold goodness. Last month I had a short work travel to UK, which gave me a chance to acquire all the products you may see in coming posts, so lets get started with HnM rose-gold makeup tools…

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I picked up these two tools from HnM from their ‘Selected’ category, aren’t they gorgeous?(HnM has their own makeup stuff as well, but nothing that could have my interest)

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My first eyelash curler! I’ve always been too scared to the idea of using eyelash curler, so never bothered to get one. I’m still trying to get used to it, I use it very slowly with utmost care, still little scared. This one works, and I can really see the difference after curling.

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There is one extra rubber to change in the pack, I’m not sure how I will know when to change it? Help me here if you know.

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There is the beautiful dual functional blusher and foundation brush, the colors rose-gold metallic and off-white(?) glossy handle look so beautiful together. I needed blusher brush, at first I picked a kabuki brush from same line but then I saw this and thought, why not have a foundation brush too. (I should have got kabuki brush as well, it is so cute 😦 )

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The blush brush is soft, and picks powder blush easily to apply. The bristles are made of synthetic hair(what is that anyways), so not natural which is a relief cause I do not like anybody’s else’s hair touching my face, eww. The little color you see on brush is cause I’ve not washed it from my last use 😉

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I did not need foundation brush, I prefer applying with fingers. I’ve used this brush to apply foundation and it is really easy to cover places like sides of my nose(sorry this is also not washed after last use, so there is some foundation color on bristles). Neither of brushed has shredded even a single hair, which is a relief!

Eyelash curler costs £3.99 (~370 Rs.) and dual blusher and foundation brush was for £4.99(~460 Rs.).

So do you guys like them? I wish I had picked up more rose-gold tools, maybe next time.

Zaina

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Fun QnA

Hello, there there…

Work is hectic, not voluminous but consuming. Earlier today in my head I met myself, the conversation was much fun I had to share with world. Here are some Q n As I had with myself, enjoy:

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All are Red(sunlight makes some colors look strange)

 

1. You bought a pretty lipstick but when you apply, it doesn’t work for you, what do you do with it?

I try really hard to work with pink lipstick, I would love to have a soft pink color on my lips, but as is the tone of skin pink doesn’t work, sadly. Every now and then I end up buying pinks(swatch on hand looks like it may work on me but it doesn’t). First I try to work with brush, you can really handle colors better with lip-brush, some colors which may wash out face on full opaque coverage can be applied with brush, of-course light hand sheer color, and sometime it works.

But mostly I give away such lipstick to Mom(she has fairer skin) or friends. Like this one time Husband bought a pretty pink lipstick for me, even though it was a gift and I wanted to keep it with me as a token, I gave the lipstick to my friend(properly explaining husband why I will never be able to use it, he understands). I think it is better if someone can use it, I don’t like lipsticks to be wasted.

2. Why so many lipsticks of same(red) color?

First thing to understand here is that it is not a color, it is the color; The Red. Which is so versatile that one cannot settle for one color-variant, and one cannot buy all of them(think finances), so little by little we shall have all The Red.

3. What’s the next thing.

Blushes! I have just two, I have realized(very late in my life) how boring face looks with same color all over, we need to add some color, some depth(may learn contouring next to this next). Also cup-cakes baking.

4. Lipstick expires, what you do with it?

I still use it, after ‘best before date'(but I save the labels which has best before date on it, don’t know why cause I don’t mind the dates). However I do not have anything older than five years with me, cause five years back I never had a single lipstick(I know this precisely, cause I bought my first lipstick when I relocated to Pune). I remember having lip-balms thought, cause dry skin and chapped lips cannot survive, they were more of survival things(lip-balm) than fun(lipstick). I had tinted chapsticks, strawberry and cherry. So that was the only color I had on me.

5. Lipstick or lipgloss

Lipsticks of-course. But a couple of lipglosses are there, which I use when I cannot use lipstick(read when I have chapped lips). I’m not for shine and glitter but more of color, so less love for gloss, my ideal lipstick would be a matt finish with balm quality.

Well, it was fun, we should do this often!

Shall we?

Zaina

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Great everyday foundation: ZA True White Liquid Foundation

Hello(I can’t decide on greetings to start with, it is like current weather in Bangalore; winter in morning and summer in noon and evening, so HELLO!)

When it comes to foundation, everyone’s skin has specific needs. I must tell(again) my skin is extremely dry, color is pretty much like most Indian’s; medium-tan, and there are a lot of unwanted moles. For my base makeup on weekdays, I need something which is easy to apply and has natural finish(BB cream+compact powder are easy pick for lazy/running late days). Applying foundation everyday must be hassle free, quick and should give natural finish, thats where ‘ZA True White Liquid Foundation’ comes to rescue.

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Za comes from family of many brands under Shiseido. Za was launched in India last year. They started with skin-care range, recently Za launched two products for makeup; Za True White Two-Way Foundation(compact powder) and ZA True White Liquid Foundation.

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ZA True White Liquid Foundation comes in six shades, and I match with OC30, darkest shade with yellow tone(which means darker beauties in India will not find shade match, Za should really consider and add darker shades as it is such a beautiful foundation).

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The foundation texture is quite thin, has very fine luminous particles, and light sweet smell(I am very bad at identifying fragrances 😦 ).  Za liquid foundation gives light coverage, which can be build up to medium. There is no specific wear time provided, on me it stayed for good five to six hours, I figure it is not waterproof as well(wore it to swimming pool to check 😉 ). It also contains SPF 25, still Za recommends to pair it with SPF 15 or higher for UV protection.

What makes ZA True White Liquid Foundation best for my everyday use? Let’s count:

  1. Ease of application, due to light texture it spreads and blends smoothly
  2. Natural finish, it is not too heavy or not too light, but just the perfect natural finish
  3. Moisturizing(or dewy finish), heaven for my dry skin

Za products are available in makeup sections of most of the shopping malls, and are also available online.  ZA True White Liquid Foundation 30 ml costs Rs. 950.

What are the qualities that you look for in everyday foundation?

I have been using ZA True White Cleansing Foam for two months, so far it is being good, I shall write about it in coming posts.

Zaina

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The Holy Grail everyday black kajal – Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal

If anyone asks what is the one thing which I have been using for longest time from makeup, you may guess lipstick but sadly no, it is kajal. I’ve been smudging my eyes black long before the flood of kajals from every other brand. The initial one was the total natural charcoal which came in a small round box, and we would apply with match stick (it is funny now), which would definitely smudge a lot, smokey look for free yo. The breakthrough in my kajal routine came with Hashmi kajal, which I found during my first (all by myself, work travel!) to Delhi. I bought two twist up Hashmi Kajal sticks for 25 rs each. It was brilliant, did not smudge and stayed on for good 3-4 hours intact.  Soon the two Hashmi kajal I had got over and I couldn’t find them in Hyderabad anywhere, and no one was there in Delhi to buy and ship to me.

The next better thing I got hold was Streetwear pencil liner, which worked better than box kajal but not as good as Hashmi. I continued using it until the famous Mayeblline Colossal was launched, 2010 I think. It was a breakthrough in Indian makeup market and was immediate hit, and still is, just that I have found something better or best.

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Later that year Lakmé launched Eyconic range(which had only black kajal and mascara initially), and I tried it with no more expectations than Colossal. Which is when I realized how better it is, and until we try new things we would never know what we are missing 😉

This post is not a comparison post of the many kajal available in India(just one note though Lakme eyeconic is must more intense and applies darker than Mayebelline Colossal ). I’m going to let you all know why eyeconic is my holy grail everyday kajal.

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The first best thing about eyconic is that it does what it claims, no smudge, 10 hours and all that (note that I have dry skin and I apply kajal on lower lash line). I use it everyday in work week, it is smooth, comes in retractable pen form, easy to apply and stays on for 9-5 plus two hours more of traveling to office 😀 It is waterproof, and face-wash proof too, I use olive oil to remove it. My yearly consumption is 4~ eyeconic kajals 😀

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The white variant from same line is not much liked by me, first it has shimmer, tiny glitters which is not what I wanted. Next it is too creamy, if I apply on lash line it interfere with lashes and due to too creamy texture get on lashes, and the color payoff is not as intense as black. Other than that, the staying power of white is pretty amazing.

Here is my look with Lakmé Eyeconic.

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Lakmé Eyeconic Kajal Black is easily available at 200 rs while the color variants including white will cost 250 rs.

Which is your everyday HG kajal?

Zaina

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A red lipgloss for everyone – Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in Red Blossom

Hello from comfort of the home! This blog is like home to me, I stay away from it due to various reasons, stay away for long time but I always find a way back. Even when I am away it is constantly in my mind (like the home-sick feeling). And when I try to make my way back, it welcomes me with all the warmth. So here I am, what they say; better late than never. And I have a very good news for Indian ladies; Essence products are now available on amazon India!

essence-XXXL-Shine-lipglossIt’s so difficult to photograph the shiny print, more so when it has worn out a bit 😀

Last year during my trip to Germany I was searching for affordable gifts to bring home, makeup was the easy choice for girl cousins. I passed by essence rack and almost everything was 1.99 Euros, immediately I hauled a dozen XXXL shine lip glosses. The perfect gift for 1.99 Euros, it was a steal! I took two of each color, there were around 4-5 shades available, and three glosses of the red color. Red looked so pretty in tube, I couldn’t stop adding one for myself. Later that night I applied it and fell in love with the color, the red was beautiful on my tanned skin. I whatsapped (is it a word yet? ) a picture to my friend, and she also wanted one for herself. Next weekend I went to Douglas again and bought another two tubes.

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Now for the particularities for Red Blossom is non-sticky, light and moisturising.  It applies semi-sheer, gives a shiny red color with visible (but not too big) gold glitters. This wears for 2~ hours on me and if eating or drinking it will go off quickly. The smell, oh smell! It smells like cough syrup, like glycodin most probably, but I cannot be sure cause I haven’t had cough syrup since many good years.  And how it the applicator, easy to apply and pretty see:

essence-XXXL-Shine-red-lipglossA closer look at the applicator

For the lip swatch – again very difficult to photograph(read I need a new camera!)

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And some other colors for you, as bonus 😉

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Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss are available at amozon.in at Rs. 229.00

If you find a color for you, these are pretty glosses for budget buys.

Which one you like most apart from Red Blossom?

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